Room Selection Process

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What to Do Now:

  • Pay the $150 RSP Deposit (due by May 1)
  • Determine your roommate group: all in your group must be current SUNY Cortland students who have completed the RSP form; new students starting in the fall cannot join your group
    • Your roommate group size must match the occupancy of the room you select
      • If you do not have a roommate group you are only eligible to select from single rooms or rooms with one space
      • To live in a double room you will need two people
      • To live in a quad in Dragon or Glass Tower Halls you need a group of four people
      • To live in a four-person suite or apartment you will need a group of four people
      • To live in a six-person suite you will need a group of six people
    • Having the correct group size for a quad, suite or apartment does not guarantee you a quad, suite or apartment; once all suites have been chosen you will have to break your group down into sub-groups to choose single, double or triple rooms
  • Choose your room (by April 26)

Who Has to Live On Campus?

  • If you entered SUNY Cortland in August 2018 as a freshman, including freshman transfers (0-25.5 credit hours) you have a freshman and sophomore year on-campus housing requirement
    • Required to live on campus for four semesters; you must participate in RSP
  • If you entered SUNY Cortland in August 2018 as a transfer (including current junior and sophomore transfers) you have a one year on-campus requirement.
    • Required to live on campus for two semesters; you must participate in RSP

Students Not Returning

If you do not require on-campus housing next year for any reason (met requirement, withdrawing, transferring, internship, student teaching, etc.) complete the Release from Housing form for Fall 2019 available in the spring semester. Follow the same steps as the Fill Out Your RSP Form section.

Room Selection Process Timeline for 2019-2020

May 1 - Pay your $150 room deposit by 4 p.m. 



Feb. 13 Room selection process (RSP) form and release from housing form available; begin paying $150 RSP deposit 
Feb. 13 - Mar. 15 RSP Information Meetings 
Mar. 15 RSP form due by 11:59 p.m.
Mar. 15 Housing accommodation medical documentation due by 4 p.m.
Mar. 29 View your selection time and processes
Apr. 1 Medical housing accommodation selection
Apr. 2-5 Casey Tower Special Selection
Apr. 8  Special interest selection (21+, all gender, graduate) 
Apr. 9 Regular selection begins
Apr. 24 Occupancy Restriction is Lifted
May 1 Pay $150 RSP deposit by 4 p.m. 
Jun. 6 and 7 Room Change Days
Jun. 8 Single Request form for Fall 2019 goes live
Week of Jun. 10 Wait list room selection process begins (more information will sent to participants via email)

Timeline is subject to change. Review during spring semester for most updated RSP timeline.

RSP How To:

Access The Housing Director

All housing processes will take place from The Housing Director page. To access anything housing-related, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to your myRedDragon.
  2. Select the “Student” tab.
  3. Under Residence Life and Housing select “Housing Process and Information.”

Fill Out Your RSP Form (view screenshots)

  1. Select Forms.
  2. Choose "Room Selection Process Form."
    1. If you are not living on campus next year, choose the "Release From Housing for Fall 2019" form.
  3. Read and sign the Room and Board License.
  4. Complete Personal Information: contains the roommate matching questionnaire and housing questions; once done, click Continue.
  5. Review the confirmation page.

Complete Your Roommate Profile (optional) (view screenshots)

  1. Choose "Set Up Roommate Profile" and then "Roommate Profile."
  2. To allow others to search for you in the advanced roommate search, keep your profile public; otherwise, make it private.
  3. Set up your contact preferences.
  4. Complete My Profile using the guidelines; profiles must not contain language that is discriminatory or harassing in any nature.

Form Your Roommate Group (view screenshots)

To live in a double room, you will be required to choose a roommate to select a room with. If you do not know who you would like to live with, you will have an option to search for others or you can opt to be assigned by Residence Life and Housing staff.

  1. Choose "Housing Information" and select "Roommates/Suitemates."
  2. Select a roommate:
    1. Know who you want to live with? Search with their name in the simple roommate search.
    2. Not sure who you want to live with? Complete the advanced roommate search and join our RSP Facebook group to find someone.
  3. Send a request to the person(s) you want to live with. They will need to accept or decline.
  4. Accept or decline roommate requests sent to you.
  5. Continue with these steps until you have the desired number in your group (up to a total of six individuals.)

Choose Your Room (view screenshots)

  1. On the main page of The Housing Director, scroll down to see the selection processes you are eligible for.
  2. Each process will display a start date and time. This is when you will be able to choose your room.
  3. If you are selecting with at least one other individual, the person with the earlier selection time can choose for all in the roommate group.
  4. Select "Select a Room/Suite."
  5. If you are in more than one process, you will choose the process you want to choose a room from.
  6. Search for a room.
  7. Select "Select Room" or "Select Suite."
  8. Assign all individuals in your group to the beds and/or rooms.
  9. Select "I Agree- submit my room selection."
  10. Confirm your housing by viewing your assignment for Fall 2019 on the main page.

It is possible that someone else may choose your room/suite as you are selecting. If this happens, you will receive a message that this has happened. Search for another room.

Room Changes

You are only able to change your assignment. Your roommate will have to make changes separately. Once your original selection time is active you will be able to complete a form indicating you want to change your room. Once complete, follow the same steps as listed in "Choose Your Room." Room changes will be permitted during RSP in the spring 2019 semester. WCA Guarantee participants can contact Residence Life and Housing to request a room change.

Pay Your Room Deposit (begins spring 2019)

Pay one of two ways:

  • At Student Accounts, Miller Building, Room 323, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • With your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card on myRedDragon
    • Under the Student Tab and the Residence Life and Housing section choose "Pay Room Deposit Online"
    *Student staff members, EOP students, C.U.R.E. students, and RHA/NRHH executive officers will receive a room deposit waiver in the mail. This must be turned in by the $150 room deposit deadline. You will be billed for the deposit.

RSP Videos

How to access Residence Life and Housing Forms through myRedDragon

How to complete the RSP Form

How to create a roommate profile

How to find roommates

Information Meetings for RSP 2019-2020

Freshmen and new transfers are required to attend. If you cannot attend the session in your residence hall, you may attend one in another hall.

Residence Hall



Thursday, February 28 at 8pm


Wednesday, March 13 at 8:30pm


Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm


Tuesday, February 26 at 8pm


Monday, March 4 at 8pm


Thursday, February 28 at 6:30pm


Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30pm


Tuesday, February 26 at 5pm


Tuesday, March 5 at 8pm


Thursday, February 28 at 8pm


Monday, March 11 at 9pm


Thursday, March 14 at 7pm


Wednesday, March 6 at 8pm


Tuesday, March 5 at 9pm


Wednesday, March 6 at 8pm

West Campus

Wednesday, February 27 at 8pm

RSP PowerPoint

Did you miss the RSP Information Meeting? Need to look at the PowerPoint? Download the 2018-2019 RSP PowerPoint.

New to RSP this year

  • An easier room change process: If you want to move from your current selection to another open space just complete the Room Change form. The form will be available once your original selection time is active.